by P.D. Bramsen
I really benefited from reading this book. Even though it took me about 2 1/2 years to finish it, I really did enjoy this book. I first picked it up when I was in St. Louis, Senegal two summers ago. The author lived and worked in St.Louis for a number of years but now has returned to the United States. It was fun for me to be able to imagine some of the scenarios described in this book having seen it firsthand. I began reading a copy that a friend had and really enjoyed the first few chapters I got through. Then I left and it wasn’t till about 6 months later that I happened to attend a conference and the author was also there. So I was able to get a copy of the book for myself. However, over the year and a half since then it wasn’t until about the last month that I picked it back up to finish it.
One God One Message is one part Christian apologetics, one part Biblical theology, and one part story-telling. The author writes from a vast experience of living and working as a Christian in majority Muslim countries and the many conversations he had there. He also has had extensive interaction with people from around the world through various web-based ministries. This background gives him a lot of insight into the common questions and objections that people have to the Bible.
The bulk of the book is an unhurried journey through the Bible from beginning to end. I’ve become more and more convinced that this is so important to understand – and be able to articulate – as a Christian. The overall narrative of the Bible is what gives background to the propositions that we too often articulate. The narrative also provides correctives to a whole host of abuses of “Christianity” throughout history and in the present. Though this exposition of the Bible is largely aimed at non-Christians it was really beneficial for myself to walk through the story of the Bible again.
Before jumping into the story the author devotes a significant section to objections and background information about the Bible. He does a very good job of connecting many important strands and weaving them together to tell the whole story.
For anyone who wants to know more about the Bible and what it is – not what “Christianity” as a formalized religion is – and what it says about man and his relationship to God this book is highly recommended.
If you want to know more about the author some of his other resources visit his website: one-god-one-message.com